The 29 completed matches at the halfway stage of the tournament provided ample breathtaking performances to select the best XI from the season so far.
Although there haven't been any surprising selections, a few omissions have been questionable and so here are the key takeaways from the squad announcement
The IPL 2021 just about provided enough - having reached the half-wark mark in the league stage with 29 completed games - to learn how India's T20 World Cup hopefuls fared in the competitions.
There have been few constants from last season, few have thrown a surprise and the remaining look to hang in there as the final phase of the league stage awaits. And before the competition resumes on Tuesday, we take a look at all the eight teams and how they have fared at the mid-season mark.
They dropped David Warner, SRH's most consistent scorer, in a bid to rejig their lineup. But the issue persisted. They brought in all-rounder Mohammad Nabi to provide depth, but he was hardly used as a bowler with Jos Buttler and Sanju Samson firing from both ends.
A brilliant bowling performance, clubbed with a counter-punching knock from Rahul Tripathi and a gritty 47 from captain Eoin Morgan helped KKR snap their four-match losing streak to register only their second win this season.
RCB dominated a major part of their bowling innings and started the chase of well despite a colossal target, but on both occasions, they ran into the same man that left them deflated.
Almost 70 per cent of their deliveries were between the 90 and 130 kmph with the left-arm pace trio dishing out more cutters than often, while hitting the good length.
Mumbai have wrapped up their Chennai phase of IPL 2021 and they would be happy to bid Chepauk goodbye with the hope that their next venue - Delhi's Arun Jaitley Stadium - changes their fortune.
Backing their core players have been a key characteristic of the Chennai Super Kings for years. Gaikwad fired 63 off 59, laced with six boundaries and four sixes, at a strike rate of 161.5
The veteran cricketer believes he still has "plenty in the tank left...looking forward to plenty more cricket." But Gayle's batting returns haven't been impressive yet.
Delhi Capitals, who lost to Mumbai all four times last season including the season finale, held their nerve to break the jinx.
The spin pair of Moeen Ali and Ravindra Jadeja spun the game around in a spell of four overs to bury all hopes for Rajasthan in the battle for consistency in IP 2021.
RCB have reaped the rewards by giving Maxwell the responsibility of a No.4 batsman. 46 of his 82 knocks in IPL have been at either No.3 or 4, where Maxwell has scored 1183 runs at a strike rate of 163.2 with seven half-centuries.
Rahul Chahar orchestrated SRH's collapse with his three-fer after the opening pair's dismissal while Jasprit Bumrah bowled without being hit for a boundary as SRH fell 13 runs short of the target.
SRH's death-over struggle continued for the second consecutive match as they lost six wickets in a space of just 23 deliveries from the start of the 16th over, for a score of just 27 runs, hence falling six runs short of the target.
Krunal Pandya leaked just four runs in his final two overs with Andre Russell scoring just a single off seven deliveries.
Hooda returned with a blistering 64 off 28 balls, laced with four boundaries and six maximums, perfectly complementing Rahul's knock of 91 off 50 balls as the two stitched a sensational 105-run stand in 46 balls.
Shankar scored 11 off 7 balls with just one boundary, while Samad scored 19 off 8 balls with two boundaries in the match in Chennai
Chennai lost their openers by the start of the third over with just seven runs on board. Moeen and Raina walked in next, adding 26 runs more in the remaining 23 balls of the PowerPlay before the two teed off hitting boundaries.